Mango’s training log 7.23.17 and 7.30.17

These were weeks 5 and 6 of an 18-week marathon plan. It’s starting to ramp up now and get into the 40s in mileage this past week! As a Completely Average Runner, I get to peak at 50 mpw (which, being a completely average runner, still takes me no small amount of time) ๐Ÿ™‚

Week ending July 23

Monday – ~7 miles (?) with 6 at tempo. My Garmin went crazy midway through this run and started beeping for laps when I was neither hitting a mile or pushing the lap button, so I turned it off midway and winged it. Luckily I was on a familiar route so I knew the distance! I know I definitely did 6 at tempo effort and a half-mile warmup; not sure how long the cooldown was because I was shuffling it.

Tuesday – Solo parenting, work was busy, life was busy, winged it, 30 minutes pool running.

Wednesday – 6.5 miles with 6 at tempo on the treadmill

Thursday – late afternoon: 4 miles easy

I actually ran without a shirt for once. It did not feel especially empowering, revolutionary, life-changing, or otherwise different from running with a tank top on. It did feel slightly cooler, but then, being the chronic worrier that I am, I worried about exposing a greater surface area to UV rays and then I worried about waist-belt chafe.

Friday – early AM: 2.5 miles easy with stroller (basically part II of Thursday’s easy run and then a rest day). Evening: flew to Cleveland to hang out with Salty, Cinnamon, Bergie, Ginger, and Pumpkin!

Kicking back after a long workday, before the flight

Saturday – 8 miles

Sunday – 10 miles: not ideal but we ran out of time, and 10 miles after an 8-miler the day before definitely counts, I decided, as cumulative fatigue. Spent the afternoon with my friend and her new baby! Flew home in the evening.

Week ending July 30

Monday – rest

I meant to do a tempo run today because I ‘always’ย do my workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays! BUT: Life happens, work happens, scheduling conflicts happen, hormonal stresses happen. So I took a rest day, and it was totally fine.

I think there’s no such thing as 100% compliance with a training plan prescription, so the best plan for you is the one that maximises compliance. I’m not a machine; I can’t just write down all the numbers or mileage goals or workouts for each day of the week and then go ahead and crush them. Neither can I just wing it day to day. ย That’s why I love the current training plan I have – the coach who wrote it said ‘go ahead and switch days around each week as you need to’. ย It certainly maximisesย my compliance.

Tuesday – 7 easy miles in the AM, 3 easy PM because the weather was so nice and I was feeling strong (which always happens the first week of my period, because both estrogen and progesterone are low! )

Wednesday – 2.75 easy with stroller, 2.75 easy solo after daycare drop-off

Thursday – 7 as progression run, met arbitrary goal of all miles under 10:00 except mile 2 (goose poop and I stopped to stretch a grumpy ITB), last 2 miles at 9:04 and 8:10 (! wait what?), myrtls

Friday – 5.5 easy

Saturday – 14 long run

Sunday – 30 min spin bike and glute strength work – was supposed to be easy run but my ankle was still unusually sore from long run

Tropical transplant to the chilly Northeast. Professional writer and researcher, cantankerous editor, mom to one inquisitive toddler, asker of inconvenient questions.

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8 comments

  1. Solid two weeks of training here, and love that your coach is on board with your move things around as needed schedule….LIFE HAPPENS!

    peaking at 50mpw is no joke it’s a solid training cycle you are looking at…and some of my best races came off that mileage!

    1. Seriously, one of my goals for this cycle is ‘comply with most of the training plan’!

      Another is ‘don’t get injured’. I need to get on board with your loop band routine!

  2. “I actually ran without a shirt for once. It did not feel especially empowering, revolutionary, life-changing, or otherwise different from running with a tank top on. It did feel slightly cooler, but then, being the chronic worrier that I am, I worried about exposing a greater surface area to UV rays and then I worried about waist-belt chafe.”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธThis made laugh so hard I almost spit out my drink. Only b/c I’ve never felt extra powerful or like a revolutionary b/c i took my shirt off and like you it only made me feel slightly cooler.

    1. Ha! I aim to please! ๐Ÿ™‚ I ran shirtless and after 4 miles was still waiting for the clouds to part and angels to do a little empowerment dance, but turns out it was nothing special. (However: I am pleased to report there was no waist-belt chafe.)

  3. Solid couple of weeks! 6 weeks into ankle sprain and still not 100%, I have decided my Baystate race will be the half…. not the full. Bummed. Glad I have you to cheer for.

    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that. It’s not too late to put in the training for a solid half (or really, just sign up and enjoy the race – I think it’ll be quite a party this year because of the Grand Prix). Hope to see you there!